Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington, New Zealand - View of Wellington, aka the Windy City

Wellington, capital of New Zealand, as well as the southern-most capital city in the world. 

Looks like, the Windy City or Welliwood, as it’s affectionately called by the locals, will be our last stop and the furthest south we’ll be getting to, here on NZ’s North Island. 

It would’ve been nice to check out the South Island, as well, but at this point, we’ve just had about enough of the cold weather and could go for some sunny, warm weather.  Been too long!! 

And though we’ve been really fortunate with the weather ‘til now, it still would be nice to have some good ol’ sunshine!!!  So no South Island this time ‘round . . . too freezing down there for us!!  :(

Getting to Wellington couldn’t have been easier! 

First, we catch a ride right away from this Austrian guy who automatically offers to open his home up to us if needed, on our way back up North .

Wellington, New Zealand - L'arquitectura en Wellington
. . Great!

Then another amazing occurrence.  Once again, as we continued on our way, a vehicle out of nowhere pulled up ahead of us, and offered to give us a lift.  

Just like that!  No questions asked, no need to put out our thumbs, NADA!!  Great!

We were about 45 minutes away from Wellington, and I guess it was our lucky day, because this guy was also heading in the same direction!!  

He even drove us all the way to our contact’s place!!  Talk about door to door service!!!

Yeah, it definitely was our lucky day, because not only did we land the perfect ride, the weather was also just right for us! 

Apparently, the weather is pretty rainy and actually quite windy here; hence the reason it’s known as the Windy City!!!  Can you imagine having winds of up to 120 mph!!!  That’s normal around here!! 

Lucky for me, the wind was nowhere to be seen that day, because I could’ve been blown away!!!  Just picture, "Gone with the Wind," starring Juanny!!!  Wouldn’t want that!!

Anyway, after introductions, our CS contact, Sam, took us out for a visit of the city.

Wellington, New Zealand - Lovely architecture on Cuba St.
 We had to take advantage of the beautiful day, after all!!

Wellington is an artsy and funky kind of place.  It’s obvious that the arts are a very important part of this city.  It’s everywhere, in the architecture and even in the folks around here! 

You see all sorts of interesting things/people everywhere . . . a very happening place!!  And what better way to enjoy the atmosphere here, than by exploring it on a lovely sunny day, like the one we had!!  Absolutely perfect!!

It’s a good thing we decided to stroll around the city when we did, because things were back to normal, for the few remaining days we were still expected to be in town after that.  The weather was just horrible! 

So, of course, we didn’t get out much besides paying a visit to the country’s best museum, Te Papa!!  We truly had a remarkable time there, culturally fulfilling and much more!  And free, at that!!!

Nice time in the country’s capital, but time to keep on going.

Wellington, New Zealand - Cuba St.
 Direction . . . Back up North!!

Après une nuit chez Steve ou Stephen (il se fait appeler par les 2 prénoms, allez savoir vous, les hobbits sont un peu spéciaux aussi). Mon ami hobbit donc. 

Nous voilà encore et encore sur les routes, direction Wellington, un Autrichien nous prendra et nous promettra que si l’on passait par sa ville, il y aurait toujours un endroit pour nous !! Nous avions donc un logement assuré à Wanganui.

Il nous amena à 30km de la capitale, et la, pour la deuxième fois dans notre voyage, un mec s’arrête sans qu’on est le pouce levé.

On était en train de marcher vers la sortie de la ville et ce mec nous prend et nous amène tout simplement devant la maison de Sam, notre contact de couchsurfing !! Ça, c’est du bon boulot !!

Suite aux présentations, Sam nous balada toute la journée, il fallait en profiter, le soleil n’est pas toujours présent en cette saison.

Wellington, New Zealand - The Bucket Fountain on Cuba Street

Wellington est une bonne capitale, l’art est très présent dans les rues, les gens sont habillés de manière très différentes, tous les genres sont disponibles.

Ils sont parfois mélanges, c’est à dire vous pouvez rencontrer un mec mi James Dean, mi Marilyn Manson !!

Ça fait plaisir, c’est très attrayant de marcher dans cette ville. On peut aussi passer devant un poème grave sur une pierre au milieu de nulle part.

C’est original et très créatif, et en même temps tu peux voir passer un mec sur un skate télécommandé !! C’est encore du bon boulot tout ça!! 

Heureusement qu’on a profité de ce jour de soleil car les trois jours qui ont suivi ont été pourris.

Wellington, New Zealand - Top chrono . . .
Et je vous parle pas du vent, je peux comprendre maintenant que vit un mec de Perpignan.

J’avais jamais vraiment pensé et vécu de cette façon où il y a du vent tout le temps. C’est une vraie galère de s’assoir en terrasse pour boire un café par exemple !!

Je me suis tout simplement régalé à visiter et connaitre cette capitale, moi qui pensais que c’était Auckland shuttttttttt !!

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